grisette

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gri·sette

 (grĭ-zĕt′)
n.
A French working-class girl or young woman.

[French, a cheap gray dress fabric, grisette, from gris, gray; see grisaille.]

grisette

(ɡrɪˈzɛt)
n
1. (esp formerly) a French working-class girl, esp a pretty or flirtatious one
2. (Plants) an edible toadstool of the genus Amanita of broad-leaved and birch woods
[C18: from French, from grisette grey fabric used for dresses, from gris grey]

gri•sette

(grɪˈzɛt)

n.
a young French workingwoman.
[1690–1700; < French =gris gray (see griseous) + -ette -ette]
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All these grisettes fully understood the fallen majesty of the Chevalier de Valois, and they kept their private familiarities with him a profound secret for his sake.
The particular point about the chevalier which would have made him noticeable from Paris to Pekin, was the gentle paternity of his manner to grisettes.
Hunter of grisettes, smoker, jester, diner-out and frequenter of supper-parties, always tuned to the highest pitch, shining equally in the greenroom and at the balls given among the grisettes of the Allee des Veuves, he was just as surprisingly entertaining at table as at a picnic, as gay and lively at midnight on the streets as in the morning when he jumped out of bed, and yet at heart gloomy and melancholy, like most of the great comic players.
He wore elegant boots with black trousers strapped under them, a fancy waistcoat, a becoming blue coat, collars that were the never-ending gift of grisettes, one of Bandoni's hats, and a pair of dark-colored kid gloves.
Women of a certain grade are like prosperous grisettes in one respect, they seldom return home after twelve o'clock.
He comprehended at last that I wanted to see a grisette.
or is she some naughty little grisette with an extravagant lover?
Still Adrienne thought herself the obliged party, in times as critical as those which then hung over France, in being permitted to toil for a sum that would barely supply a grisette, accustomed all her life to privations, with the coarsest necessaries.
In twenty horses for saddle and draught, which I have particularly at my chateau of Pierrefonds, and which are called - Bayard, Roland, Charlemagne, Pepin, Dunois, La Hire, Ogier, Samson, Milo, Nimrod, Urganda, Armida, Flastrade, Dalilah, Rebecca, Yolande, Finette, Grisette, Lisette, and Musette.
And for whom-for some GRISETTE, some chambermaid with whom I have trifled in some garrison?
Well, then, let us say no more about it," said D'Artagnan; "and let us burn this letter, which, no doubt, announces to you some fresh infidelity of your GRISETTE or your chambermaid.
The wench I should have been courting now was journalism, that grisette of literature who has a smile and a hand for all beginners, welcoming them at the threshold, teaching them so much that is worth knowing, introducing them to the other lady whom they have worshipped from afar, showing them even how to woo her, and then bidding them a bright God-speed - he were an ingrate who, having had her joyous companionship, no longer flings her a kiss as they pass.